Two great Atlantic Canadian bluesmen play their first gig together at the historic Savoy Theatre on Friday, February 25 and Port Hawkesbury Civic Center’s Shannon Studio on Saturday the 26th.
Juno Award winner Garrett Mason and blues veteran Joe Murphy join forces to rock the winter blues away on the stage of the Glace Bay venue that has hosted acts like The White Stripes and Leonard Cohen.
Mason, the son of legendary Canadian bluesman, Dutch Mason, grew up hearing the masters of blues that played with his father. Since then, Garrett has developed his own voice and his own devoted fans.
Garrett’s debut CD, “I’m Just a Man”, earned him a Juno for Best Blues Album in 2005. His sophomore album, “Love and Sound”, released in July 2008, was also nominated for a Juno Award, and won Blues Artist/Group Recording of the Year at the 2009 Music Nova Scotia and Industry Awards. Mason was recently awarded Guitar Player of the Year at the 2011 Maple Blues Awards.
Joe Murphy has played with many legendary blues players such as Otis Rush, Johnny Copeland, John Lee Hooker, Pinetop Perkins, and Johnny Sansone, but is probably best known for performing with his regular band, the Water Street Blues Band.
Murphy plays blues harmonica, slide guitar, accordions and squeeze boxes, and is no mean vocalist, too.
As solo acts, Mason and Murphy have played Canada from coast to coast. They’ve also teamed up for many shows around the Atlantic region, but this performance is their first time together on the Savoy stage and should be a treat for all blues fans.